At the University of Vermont, several graduate assistantships are available each year for students primarily enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA), M.Ed. program. Each assistantship is designed to provide graduate students with a professional opportunity to support and develop the University's goals and activities through its work with students. For specific questions about the assistantship recruitment process, please contact Jilliene Rodriguez and Joel Ontiveros at sagrads@uvm.edu.

    We are excited to offer a variety of assistantship opportunities for our HESA graduate students to learn, work, and grow professionally. The list of available HESA Graduate Assistantships for Fall 2021 will be available in November 2020. To see the assistantships from Fall 2020, please see below.

    Last updated 10/19/2019.

    How to Apply

    In order to access the Graduate Assistantship Application, you must first submit a Graduate College application packet for the HESA program. After submission of the program application, you will receive an email with information about HESA Funding Pathways as well as a link to the Graduate Assistantship Application. Both the Graduate College application and Graduate Assistantship Application must be submitted by December 1.

    Submit a Graduate College Application

    The Graduate Assistantship Application includes prompts for an assistantship essay and professional statement unique to the assistantship process. Since access to the Graduate Assistantship Application is not available until submission of the Graduate College application is complete, the prompts for the Graduate Assistantship Application are provided below to help you prepare responses prior to December 1.

    • HESA Assistantship Essay - The guiding philosophy of the University of Vermont, known as Our Common Ground, is as follows: The University of Vermont is an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to live and work in a diverse and changing world. We who work, live, teach, study, do research, conduct business or participate in the University of Vermont are members of this community. As members, we believe in the transforming power of education and agree to help create and foster an environment where we can discover and reach our true potential. We aspire to be a community that values respect, integrity, innovation, openness, justice and responsibility. In 500 words or less, tell us about your experience with and commitment to social justice. Specifically, how do you envision implementing social justice and the tenets of Our Common Ground into your work in a graduate assistantship? Insert your answer below.
    • Professional Statement - In an essay of 500 words or less, please tell us (beyond what we can read in your resume), how your interests, skills, values and experiences have shaped your aspirations for being a student affairs/higher education professional. Insert your statement below.

    Please note: Your application to the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA) program does not require the submission of the Graduate Assistantship Application. However, you must submit the Graduate Assistantship Application to be considered for any available assistantship opportunities. 

    HESA Graduate Assistantships

    Available Fall 2020

    The following list of opportunities are filled by current students and offer a full-tuition fellowship and assistantship stipend. These positions, and others, are subject to change based on a variety of factors. This list will be updated as changes occur. 

    Graduate Assistant for Academic Success - Orientation & New Student Programs

    Department: Center for Academic Success
    Availability: Fall 2020

    General Description: The Graduate Assistant assists with the overall goals and programs of the Center for Academic Success, with a special emphasis on working with and supporting Orientation and New Student Programs. The Graduate Assistant works closely with and is supervised by the Director for Orientation to plan, coordinate, and implement the various Orientation Programs for new students and their family members. 

    These programs include:

    • A summer orientation program required for new first-year students
    • A fall and spring one-day Orientation program for new first-year students and transfer students
    • An extended Orientation program required for all new students during Opening Weekend in the fall

    As an Orientation Program and Office, we are actively committed to our values of social justice and inclusion in a variety of ways such as engaging in critical reflection and dialogue around our personal and social identities; holistically supporting the success of our new students who hold marginalized identities; and participating in trainings, programs, and workshops that advance our understanding of and skillsets to engage in social justice and inclusion efforts.

    Assistantship Responsibilities:

    • Provide administrative support with the facility and operational needs of the Orientation Program
    • Recruit and select student staff of approximately 45 student Orientation Leaders
    • Assist in the planning and facilitation of Orientation Staff Trainings & Curriculum
    • Supervise one of three undergraduate student orientation coordinators in planning and implementing new transfer student programs and initiatives
    • Support the planning and execution of new transfer student orientation programs from start to finish, including but not limited to goal-setting and assessment initiatives
    • Coordinate and implement new transfer student initiatives, in collaboration with the undergraduate student orientation coordinator
    • Provide programmatic support for additional events or activities catered towards new first-years and transfer students, with special emphasis on supporting new students with marginalized identities
    • Actively engage student staff and professional staff in programming, training, and dialogue specific to topics of diversity, social justice, and inclusion
    • Provide programmatic and collaborative support to the First Year Experience Program, as needed
    • Attend weekly programmatic meetings with Orientation & First Year Experience Staff and Student Staff
    • Other duties as assigned

    Departmental Website: http://www.uvm.edu/studentlife/orientation/

    Orientation Website: https://www.uvm.edu/orientation

    Additional Notes:

    • There will be occasional evening and weekend responsibilities
    • Professional development opportunities are available to the Graduate Assistant which include, but is not limited to attending the NODA Regional Conference, serving on a departmental/program committee, etc.
    • The assistantship begins in early August and continues until the end of June once the Orientation Program concludes (with extra pay for additional time worked in May and June)
    • The Graduate Assistant will work with 3-4 additional Orientation Graduate Student Coordinators in the Spring and Summer who have been hired to assist with the coordination and implementation of the Summer Orientation Programs

    Key Characteristics:

    • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
    • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
    • Programming - Very Frequent
    • Project Development/Implementation - Sometimes
    • Autonomy - Very Frequent
    • Supervising - Sometimes
    • Advising - Sometimes
    • Collaboration - Frequent

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    Graduate Assistant for Academic & Community Engagement

    Department: Community-Engaged Learning (CELO)
    Availability: Fall 2020

    General Description: The Office of Community-Engaged Learning (CELO) is housed in academic affairs, out of the Office of the Provost.  Our responsibilities lie in academic community engagement, which includes service-learning and community-engaged courses, a Service-Learning TA program, and faculty engaged scholarship.  We offer resources, training and support to faculty, students and community organizations to build transformative learning experiences for students through reciprocal partnerships. Such partnerships assume communities' assets and resilience, rather than community deficits.  Our mission as an office is to make community engagement more pervasive and deeper in its intentionality and impact.  We collaborate with the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement (LCE) in Student Affairs, the Leadership & Social Change RLC, the Coordinator of Service-Learning in the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources (RSENR), the Office of Institutional Research and University Communications, among others.

    The Graduate Assistant (GA) will develop skills in event planning, communications & storytelling, data tracking & assessment of community engagement, and student and partner development for community engagement.  These arenas align with the competencies of the Community Engagement Professional (CEP), an emerging construct in the field.  In addition, the GA will have exposure to the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement process, which is the leading national recognition for community-engaged institutions.  This is a nine-month assistantship (September-May) with training beginning in mid-August.

    Assistantship Responsibilities:

    • Student Development: The GA will support the CELO Program Coordinator in working with students for community engagement through EDHI 086: Local Communities & Civic Engagement and our Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Program.  In the first year, the GA will observe and then participate in the course; by the second year, the GA will be able to co-teach the course or lead sections of it.  Additional advising of civically-engaged students in collaboration with other units may also be possible. 
    • Communications and Storytelling: The GA will assist with story pitching, research, and development, including stories in multiple media.  In the second year, the GA can propose a story series to develop and implement addressing broader issues in community engagement, under the guidance of the CELO Director and Program Coordinator.
    • Data Tracking & Assessment: The GA will assist in the tracking of designated courses and the assessment of impact on students, community and faculty.  Specific tasks will include data entry, survey administration, observation of class presentations, and communication with community partners. 
    • Events & Programming: The GA will support the CELO annual awards event and assist in the development of our new student recognition program, including cords at graduation. 
    • Carnegie Classification Process: The GA will participate in strategy and planning sessions for the Carnegie Classification. They will learn about the institutionalization of community engagement in higher education and develop the capacity to self-assess strengths and gaps in UVM's institutionalization of community engagement in all areas of the institution (including beyond CELO's domain).
    • Partnerships & Community Engagement: The GA may choose to develop a project with a community partner around Carnegie, storytelling or student & partnership development, in consultation with the CELO Director and/or Program Coordinator, as appropriate.

    Departmental Website: www.uvm.edu/~celo

    Key Characteristics:

    • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
    • Higher Education/Administration - Very Frequent
    • Programming/Event Planning - Frequent
    • Project Development/Implementation – Frequent
    • Autonomy - Frequent
    • Supervising - Possible
    • Advising - Sometimes
    • Collaboration - Frequent

    Additional Notes: Additional professional development opportunities in community engagement may be available for the GA, including workshops on storytelling and community ethnography through the Vermont Folklife Center and Campus Compact.

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    Graduate Assistant for the Center for Health & Wellbeing – Education and Outreach Initiatives (Living Well)

    Department: Center for Health & Wellbeing
    Availability: Fall 2020

    The Center for Health and Wellbeing at the University of Vermont is part of the Division of Student Affairs. The CHWB offers clinical care, health education and outreach, and prevention efforts to the campus population.  The GA Position is housed with the Education and Outreach team who works primarily in the education, outreach, and prevention areas across campus and in the Living Well space.

    The mission of Living Well is to create opportunities for accessing information, identifying resources, developing skills and making healthy choices.  We do this through innovative programming, collaborating with and supporting campus partners, and advocating for individual and community health.

    The Graduate Assistant in Education and Outreach/Living Well serves as a resource for UVM students interested in various aspects of health and wellness and public health initiatives. Specifically, this role will help with the continued development and advancement of bystander intervention efforts with the Step Up: Think. Care. Act model.  The position develops the graduate assistant’s skills of program development, training and facilitation, campus outreach and sustainable relationship building with campus partners.

    In addition to the responsibilities listed below, the graduate assistant has the opportunity to work with other professionals in Living Well and have an opportunity to design and work on a project of their own initiative with the input of the position supervisor.

    Assistantship Responsibilities:

    • Bystander Intervention Training Coordination: Oversee the coordination of the Step-Up program through weekly team meetings, finding and organizing social media content and messages, managing trainings and finding opportunities for the team to gain exposure on campus.
    • Student Facilitator Training and Coaching: Advise and strengthen facilitation skills for the Step UP: Think. Care. Act student facilitator program.
    • Campus Outreach for Health and Wellness Initiatives as assigned: Support and participate in signature Living Well programs and initiatives such as Fresh Check Day, Finals Programming, and National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

    Departmental Website: https://www.uvm.edu/health/livingwell

    Key Characteristics:

    • Student Development/Interaction –Very Frequent
    • Higher Education/Administration - Seldom
    • Programming/Event Planning - Sometimes
    • Project Development/Implementation – Sometimes
    • Autonomy - Frequent
    • Supervising - Seldom
    • Advising - Frequent
    • Collaboration – Very Frequent

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    Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement Programs in Student Life

    Department: Department of Student Life
    Availability: Fall 2020

    General Description: The University of Vermont’s Civic Engagement program is housed in the Department of Student Life. The mission of Student Life is to foster an inclusive culture of student leadership development, community involvement, and programming in order to develop a socially just community of lifelong learners. The mission of Civic Engagement is to foster a culture of student involvement, leadership, and learning through hands-on community service through a social justice framework.

    The Graduate Assistant in Civic Engagement serves as a resource for UVM students interested in activism, community service, and social justice efforts. The position develops the graduate assistant’s leadership skills of event or action planning, public relations, advising, evaluation and social justice training. They will have the ability to work with the AD of Civic Engagement (AD for CE) on projects such as, but not limited to Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Community Service Fair, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) and advising of service-based student organizations.  In addition, the responsibilities listed, the graduate assistant has the opportunity to the design and work on projects of his or her own initiative with the input of the position supervisor.

    This position works with the AD for CE to offer comprehensive programs and trainings in Civic Engagement. Projects can vary with the first and second year.

    Departmental Website: uvm.edu/studentlife/lce

    Key Characteristics:

    • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
    • Higher Education/Administration- Sometimes
    • Programming-Frequent
    • Project Development/Implementation-Frequent
    • Autonomy-Frequent
    • Supervising-Sometimes
    • Advising-Frequent
    • Collaboration-Frequent

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    Graduate Assistant for the College of Education and Social Services - Diversity and Community Engagement

    Department: The College of Education and Social Services Dean's Office
    Availability: Fall 2020

    The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) Graduate Assistant position is designed to provide support for the Dean’s Office in the college. The Dean's Office provides leadership in facilitating a community partnership network to expand diversity initiatives for CESS. This work emphasizes collaboration through building relationships with local and national organizations, as well as on-campus colleagues to develop, implement, and assess inclusive excellence activities to influence and enable viable pathways to UVM for faculty, staff and students from historically marginalized backgrounds.

    The GA for Diversity and Community Engagement (DCE) will aid in graduate student recruitment research, practices, and implementation centering historically marginalized student populations.  As CESS continues to expand graduate student academic programming, this individual will be instrumental in working with the DCE Director to coordinate and facilitate graduate student recruitment opportunities. Development of recruitment program design, marketing, research, and implementation will intentionally prioritize as many accessible pathways to include opportunities for students who identify as historically marginalized, part-time, full-time, residents of Vermont, as well as building our regional and national profile.

    Assistantship Responsibilities:

    • Create and maintain CESS enrollment, retention, and persistence database of historically marginalized, first generation, and native Vermont students
    • Research and become knowledgeable of all CESS academic graduate programs
    • Coordinate and facilitate accessible recruitment programming centering target student populations
    • Develop accessible recruitment marketing materials and support which centers target student populations including website, social media, print materials, and online recruitment

    Departmental Website: https://www.uvm.edu/cess

    Key Characteristics:

    • Student Development/Interaction - Sometimes
    • Higher Education/Administration - Very Frequent
    • Programming/Event Planning - Very Frequent
    • Project Development/Implementation - Very Frequent
    • Autonomy - Frequent
    • Supervising - Seldom/Not at All
    • Advising - Seldom/Not at All
    • Collaboration - Frequent

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    Graduate Assistant for the Graduate College

    Department: The Graduate College
    Availability: Fall 2020

    The mission of the Graduate College is to provide the environment for high quality graduate education by stimulating and supporting the intellectual and professional development of a diverse faculty and student body; by promoting interdisciplinary and innovative forms of scholarship, research, and curricula; and by recognizing scholarly excellence.  The graduate assistantship is an integral part of these efforts by providing admissions, student services and faculty support in achieving the overall goals of the College.  Services include support with admissions processes, student services, graduate student programming and the Graduate Executive Committee. 

    This is a 9.25-month assistantship (August 24, 2020 through May 31, 2021) with training beginning August 24.

    Assistantship Responsibilities:

    • Routinely meet with the Director of Graduate Admissions to review the admissions process and office needs.
    • Perform administrative responsibilities required for graduate admissions, including but not limited to, answering applicant queries and following up on missing materials.
    • Assist with social media and website material.
    • Assist with university-wide graduate student events and programming to include Graduate Student Appreciation Week, new student orientation, professional development workshops, the December hooding ceremony and commencement.
    • Facilitate on campus relationships with undergraduate student resource offices to increase graduate student representation on campus.
    • Manage the Graduate Executive Committee process for meeting schedule, course and curriculum review, policy development and review and tracking of faculty applicants for Graduate Faculty status.
    • Provide administrative support for student and faculty awards.

    Departmental Website: https://www.uvm.edu/graduate

    Key Characteristics:

    • Student Development/Interaction – Sometimes
    • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
    • Programming/Event Planning - Frequent
    • Department/Committee Project Development/Implementation – Frequent
    • Autonomy - Sometimes
    • Supervising - None
    • Advising - Sometimes
    • Collaboration - Frequent

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    Graduate Assistant for Residential Life - Assistant Residence Director

    Department: Residential Life
    Availability: Fall 2020

    General Description: The Assistant Residence Director (ARD) is responsible for assisting in the development of a residential community within a Learning Community.  Reporting to the Area Coordinator, the ARD’s role is to support a meaningful residential experience ensuring the residence halls are rich learning environments where students develop and learn the skills necessary to successfully navigate life on campus. 

    We, members of the Department of Residential Life, are committed to creating and maintaining safe communities that welcome and accept people of all (dis)-abilities, ancestry, ages, ethnicities, class, gender identities or expressions, genetic information, marital status, nationality of origin, race and color, religions, spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, size, HIV status, and veteran status.
    The goal of Assistant Residence Director role is to support our Learning Communities and champion our Community Learning Model (residential curriculum) focusing on student learning and development in the areas of (a) self-awareness (b) community responsibility (c) social justice and inclusion and (d) global engagement. 

    The Assistant Residence Director has some evening and weekend responsibilities as well as on call responsibilities. This is a 10-month assistantship (August-May) with training beginning in July. This is a live-in position.

    Assistantship Responsibilities:

    • Directly supervise up to 10 RAs; providing direction, support, accountability and development through one-on-one and supporting staff meetings.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of the ongoing training process for student staff members throughout the year.
    • Assist in carrying out procedures for the opening and closing processes
    • Participate in a rotating on-call system, responding to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.
    • Actively confront situations of intolerance and bias using our on-campus response protocol.
    • Supporting and/or leading the recruitment and execution of Hall Council.
    • Serve on Residential Education area related committees.
    • Supports and participates in ongoing training, which includes but is not limited to professional staff training and Resident Advisor training.

    Departmental Website: http://reslife.uvm.edu/

    Key Characteristics:

    • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
    • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
    • Student Programming - Sometimes
    • Department/Committee Project Development/Implementation - Frequent
    • Autonomy - Sometimes
    • Supervising - Frequent
    • Advising - Sometimes
    • Collaboration – Frequent

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    Graduate Assistant for Student Alumni Association Program Coordinator (UVM Alumni Association)

    Department: The UVM Foundation (UVM Alumni Association)
    Availability: Fall 2020

    Available Positions: 1

    The UVM Alumni Association is part of the UVM Foundation, an 80+ member team, whose mission is to secure and manage private support for the benefit of the University of Vermont. The UVM Alumni Association fosters lifelong relationships among a vibrant, global and diverse community engaged by a common desire to preserve, celebrate and enhance the University of Vermont and to enrich the lives of its members.  The UVM Foundation and Alumni Association is a supportive and open environment committed to the values of professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence.

    The UVM Alumni Association is looking for an enthusiastic, high-energy, and highly organized graduate student to support our student engagement and events initiatives. The Student Alumni Association Program Coordinator is intended for individuals planning careers in higher education or non-profits with an interest in student affairs, alumni relations, communications and marketing, fundraising and development, institutional advancement, and/or event planning.  Candidates must be current graduate students.

    Learning Outcomes and Responsibilities:

    • Develop a comprehensive understanding of student engagement through supervision of the Student Alumni Association. Tasks include:
    • Advise the Student Alumni Association that has representation from every undergraduate class year.
    • Supervise and mentor the 7 executive board members- President, Vice President, Director- Campus Events, Director- Marketing and Communications, Director, Senior Program, Director- Affinity Programs and Director- Philanthropy Programs. Meet with executive board and individual directors.
    • Coordinate all SAA -wide programs and initiatives (e.g. fall retreat, spring membership recruitment, leadership development seminars and programs, surveys and assessments, events and group development initiatives).
    • Work to strategically diversify SAA, aiding them in their mission to represent and engage the entire student body, using a variety of methods (e.g. marketing, programming, outreach, etc.) and incorporate the Foundation’s values of PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence) into the SAA Program.
    • Work closely with the Director of Senior Programs to develop a comprehensive, accessible, and safe week of activities and events for seniors during the week before commencement.
    • Aid in large institutional programs like Convocation, Alumni Weekend, Commencement.
    • Serve as a resource and liaison between alumni relations and the UVM student body.
    • Gain exposure to the world of nonprofit development in higher education

    Departmental Website: UVM Foundation

    Preferred Skills and Abilities:
    Successful applicants will have an interest in student development, alumni relations, programming/event planning, project development and implementation, advising and collaborating with a commitment to the highest level of customer service standards.  Candidates should be highly organized, with an ability to work in faced-paced environment and must be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products and social media tools and platforms.

    Key Characteristics:

    • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
    • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
    • Student Programming – Sometimes should be Frequent
    • Department/Committee Project Development/Implementation – Frequent should be Sometimes
    • Autonomy - Sometimes
    • Supervising - None
    • Advising - Frequent
    • Collaboration – Frequent

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    Available Fall 2021

    The following list of offices with opportunities that are currently available. The positions are subject to change based on a variety of factors. This list will be updated as changes occur.

    Currently available assistantships will be listed soon. Please check back for updates.

    Last updated 10/19/2019.

    Contact

    Jilliene Rodriguez
    Diversity, Engagement and Professional Development Director
    sagrads@uvm.edu